If you’re a Chase Sapphire Preferred cardholder, it’s worth noting that today is the first Friday of the month, meaning you earn an extra point on dining. This isn’t anything earth shattering, especially considering the Chase Freedom card pays out 5 points per $1 on dining this quarter. However, if you don’t have a Freedom card, this is the next best thing. Combine your 3 points per $1 from the card with a dining rewards program bonus and you’re looking at a substantial point haul. Simply register your Sapphire card with the program of your choice and earn bonus points the next time you dine at a restaurant.
In addition to paying out upwards of 8 points per $1 spent, these dining rewards programs also offer “first dine” bonuses of up to 1,500 points when you meet a certain amount of spend on your first dine (around $25-50). The best way to meet this spend is to pick up a gift card from your favorite restaurant or coffee shop (Starbucks counts), then use it at a later time. This is an easy way to generate extra bonus points each month and keep an airline/hotel program account active.
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